On October 23, 2019 Sergeant Keith Vidler conducted an interview with Curtis Protective Services in Orlando, Florida.
Curtis Protective Services is a security company that claims to provide professional safety with highly-trained employees. Funeral and procession escorts are one of the services the company provides to the public.
Although Metro-State Special Services isn’t a security company Sergeant Keith Vidler sat down and interviewed Chief John Campbell and his colleague, Sergeant Alvarez of Curtis Protective Services.
Amid speculation that Sergeant Vidler wanted to start his own funeral procession company and was offered a position with Curtis Protective Services after his retirement from Orange County Sheriff’s Office according to sources from the sheriff’s office, Sergeant Keith Vidler made a full disclaimer at the beginning of the interview that he wasn’t affiliated with Curtis Protective Services.
Sergeant Vidler claimed he simply wanted to be educated on what a security company can and cannot do. In the taped interview he said he felt Chief John Campbell was an expert on security after nearly 25 years in the industry.
Two statutes were discussed during the interview. One of the statutes was Chapter 493 which covers private security among other things, and the other was Florida Statute 3 1 6. 1 9 7 4.
Throughout the interview Sergeant Keith Vidler quizzed Sergeant Alvarez and Chief John Campbell on their knowledge of both statutes despite his earlier claims that he believed they were experts in the field of security and funeral processions.
During the interview Sergeant Vidler asked Campbell and Alvarez about their personal opinions on security assignments and funeral processions. Sergeant Vidler used an example of a neighbor who wasn’t trained in funeral processions and whether the neighbor could lawfully drive in a procession as an employee or contractor. Chief Campbell stated he didn’t believe it was legal. The statute states anyone can operate a non-law enforcement motor vehicle.
Sergeant Keith Vidler asked Curtis Protective Services what should occur when a funeral procession approaches a red light at an intersection. Chief John Campbell responded, “We are required to stop.” Sergeant Keith Vidler then asked if the company could in any way, shape or form act as a traffic control device at any intersection. Chief John Campbell responded, “We cannot take control of an intersection at a red light.” Curtis Protective Services was asked at least one more time about funeral processions and what should occur at an intersection with or without a red light present.
Photos were provided to us of Curtis Protective Services at an intersection on Pine Hills Road in Orlando, Florida during a funeral procession. During the procession the employee from Curtis Protective Services stopped traffic at a red light with his motor vehicle lights and horn, exited his vehicle and began acting as a traffic control device.
In the past Curtis Protective Services has received scathing reviews from the public regarding their professionalism during funeral processions and from former employees that claimed they were immediately handed uniforms but were never properly trained.
Sergeant Keith Vidler and Corporal John Ramsey from Orange County Sheriff’s Office conducted many interviews during their 2019 police impersonation investigation. One of those interviews was an exceptionally long discussion with former Metro-State Special Services employee Victor “Photo” Lopez. During this interview Lopez admitted he had stolen several items from Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State Special Services. Recently a police report was made against Victor Lopez and Steven Negron for breaking and entering and the theft of Jeremy Dewitte’s property. We will have more updates about this at a later time.
On September 23, 2020 Jeremy Dewitte had a trial management conference with Judge Renee Roche via a virtual hearing. A trial management conference is a meeting where all parties discuss what they need from each other and whether there are any plea deals available.
We spoke to Jeremy Dewitte’s ex, Jennifer, who claimed Dewitte was offered a total of 18 months in prison for all of his felony cases in Orange County, Florida. At one point probation was also discussed during the hearing. This was a significant downward departure from the 80 years which were originally on the table. Jeremy Dewitte would only serve one year and six months in prison if he accepted the deal. The only condition of the deal would be to end Metro-State Special Services.
Metro-State Special Services would no longer be an active company and this would allow other companies, such as Curtis Protective Services and any other start-up funeral procession companies to replace Jeremy Dewitte and Metro-State Special Services.
Jeremy Dewitte’s next court hearing in Orange County is a pre-trial conference on November 10, 2020.